No. 6 Gauchos Come Back From Two-Game Deficit to Defeat No. 14 Pacific

Jan. 12, 2007

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Stockton, Calif. - The No. 6 UCSB men's volleyball team overcame a two-game deficit to defeat No. 14 Pacific, 3-2, Friday at the Spanos Center. Evan Patak put down a season-high 40 kills in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) opener for both squads.

Scores of the match, which lasted just over two and a half hours, were 29-31, 29-31, 30-23, 33-31, and 15-12. The Gauchos improved to 3-1 (1-0 MPSF) overall on the season. The Tigers dropped to 1-3 (0-1).

In the deciding game, the Gauchos jumped out to a 6-1 lead behind a service ace and two kills from Evan Patak, who put away a season-high 40 kills on the night. The Tigers regrouped and got within one at 7-6 on a kill by Maor Nutkevitch. Bart Kowalski set up Patak for a kill to start a 3-0 run by UCSB. Two Tiger attack errors gave the Gauchos a 10-6 advantage. Pacific got within two points twice, once at 13-11 and again at 14-12, but Bryan Berman set Kowalski for the match-winning kill.

Not only did Patak have the 40 kills, he also added a match-high six service aces, a match-high 13 digs, and four blocks in the match.

Theo Brunner amassed 23 kills and hit .667 and David Kennedy dropped down 11 kills and a match-high six blocks. The Gauchos had the block working for them and out-blocked Pacific 11-6. Berman had five blocks and Kowalski totaled 74 assists. Tyson Norton had 12 digs.

Game one featured 23 lead changes as Matt Cornell and Nutkevitch combined for five late kills to put the game away.

In game two, UCSB came back from a five-point deficit to tie it at 25-25 on an ace by Max Klineman. The Gauchos had the game deadlocked again at 29-29, but a service error and Nutkevitch kill gave Pacific the win.

The third game was all UCSB as the Gauchos rolled out to a 21-12 lead. Patak finished off the game with a kill. Game four was tight the whole way through. Tied 31-31, Brunner gave UCSB the lead on a kill and an attack error by the Tigers allowed the Gauchos to tie up the match 2-2.

Pacific was led by Cornell with 25 kills. Nutkevitch finished with 19 kills and Pekka Seppanen had 18.

UCSB remains in Nor Cal and will play at unranked Stanford Saturday at 5 p.m.